The Lights On

by Chris Hayward

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The Lights On, featuring Jenny Katz on backing vocals.


The Lights On

Chris Hayward, 2012.

I might go down like that,
This light in my head, this ache in my back,
Forgetting every couple of minutes, hoping it'll come back.
So I leave a light on.

Or I might go down like this,
Just trying to keep my hands from curling to fists
This splinter in my eye, an idea that won't die.
And left the light on.

Left the light on, and my eyes closed,
Morning always coming in to soon.
I close my eyes for a minute,
When I wake up, It's June.
And the light's on.

I know I won't get this all done,
I'll just let it linger, with the dust in my lungs.
But I aimed myself at the things I believed I could love,
And I hope that's enough.
Yeah, I hope that's enough.

Cause if this is as good as it gets,
nursing my dearest regrets.
The pitter-patter of little feet, central heat.
And the lights on.

Yeah you'll learn beautiful heart-breaking things, but you won't learn them cheap.

There'll be grace you can have, but can't keep, you'll wish for nothing but sleep,

But the light's on.


released August 1, 2014




Chris Hayward Maynooth, Ontario

I'm a carpenter in Maynooth, Ontario, who also sings and writes songs.

I write about loss and regret kind of a lot, but I keep it playful and sometimes even danceable. It's a mix of wholesome granola-punk, earnest singer-songwriterly ballads, heart-on-sleeve synthpop, and intimate rootsy strum-alongs.

Try it. It's good for you.
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